On a chilly August morning in the Kehje Sewen Forest, three of our PRM team members from Camp Nles Mamse (Rizal, Yosi and Luy) set out to conduct nest-to-nest observations on Angely, a female orangutan the BOS Foundation released in May. Nest-to-nest observations involve documenting the daily activities of one orangutan for a whole day, from dawn until dusk.
After Angely had risen from her nest, she went straight to a nearby rambutan tree and spent some time eating its fruit. She then relaxed on a branch and enjoyed the cool breeze floating through the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Angely enjoys the fresh breeze in the Kehje Sewen Forest
After half an hour, Angely got up from her resting spot and moved through the trees. She finally stopped in an Artocarpus sp. tree; a species of plant related to breadfruit and jackfruit that produces one of Angely’s favourite fruits.
Angely eats Artocarpus sp.
Angely explored the area around her but stayed in close proximity to her nest, and by midday returned back to it to rest for about two hours. After her rest, she climbed down in search of shoots and fruits growing near the forest floor.
Angely eats shoots on the ground
Rain fell rather unexpectedly just as the sun was about to set and the forest began to descend into darkness. Angely didn’t seem to mind much, and continued eating. Perhaps she was filling up so she could sleep well that night. After she was satisfied, Angely climbed back up to her nest and made herself comfortable. The team walked back to Camp Lesik around 6 p.m. once Angely had settled for the night.
This is the second time our team has successfully documented nest-to-nest observations on Angely – the other time occurring just a few weeks ago. (Read the full story here: Angely Enjoys Her New Life in the Kehje Sewen Forest). From what the team could tell Angely appeared in very good condition. While she didn’t roam too far from her nest, Angely actively foraged and seemed to enjoy being in her little comfort zone.
It was a pleasure to observe you Angely, stay healthy!
Text by: Rizal, PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse